On the Oceans of Eternity (The Change, Book 3; Nantucket, by S. M. Stirling

By S. M. Stirling

Ten years in the past, population of the 20 th century and the Bronze Age have been tossed jointly via the development. yet as worlds converge, just one could be the victor in a conflict to guide this unusual new global.

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Make sure the power is on,” he said to himself. He stuck the manual to the top of the console and pulled open the emergency panels. He had the nightmarish sensation that he was going to spend the next three weeks doing nothing but powering up fuel cells by hand. There had to be an easier way to do this; but nobody ever expected a ship to have to start from zero. The fuel cells kicked in immediately, which was a pleasant surprise. The bad news was that the automatic restart process would take several hours.

With HARLIE, maybe. HARLIE’s the best tactical advantage we have. You’ve read the analyses—the Morthans are maybe a century behind us in sophisticated electronics. ” “Unfortunately, that also gives them the brute force advantage,” Korie said. “We outsmarted ourselves. Our technology is so sophisticated and so advanced, we don’t build our ships with the same power anymore. There’s the real mistake. We thought the implied strategic advantage of the HARLIE series would give the enemy pause, make him think twice before launching an offensive.

No, wait a moment—” A much longer pause. Korie and Leen exchanged worried glances. “HARLIE? ” “Yes. I was running an internal check. I’ve sustained quite a bit of damage. But you know that, don’t you? I’ve been asleep for eleven days. ” Korie swallowed hard. “Yes, HARLIE. It was. We were worried about you. ” “No, I am not. I am experiencing considerable distress. It appears that we have lost a number of crew members. ” “What about your internal processes? ” “No,” said HARLIE. ” Korie looked to Leen.

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